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Dr. Timothy J. Kowalski Elected to a Three-Year Term on the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees

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By Tammy Whaley -

Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, D.FACN, Vice Provost for Professional and Public Affairs for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and Former Dean of the VCOM-Carolinas Campus, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) during its 100th Annual House of Delegates on July 18.

An AOA board-certified psychiatrist and child psychiatrist, Dr. Kowalski served as the Second Vice President for the American Osteopathic Association from 2019-2020.

VCOM President and Provost, Dixie Tooke-Rawlins said, “It is with pleasure we at VCOM congratulate Dr. Kowalski for this honor and wish him a successful term as now a second Vice President on the AOA board of trustees. With Dr. Kowalski’s extensive experience in clinical psychiatry, academic medicine, and military medicine, I cannot think of a better person to promote advancements in the field of osteopathic medicine. I am confident that he will contribute significantly to the mission of the AOA as a member of the board of trustees.” 

I am grateful for the confidence and tremendous support afforded me by President and Provost Rawlins in accepting the opportunity to serve VCOM and our osteopathic profession in this way.

Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, D.FACN , Vice Provost for Professional and Public Affairs

Following his honorable discharge in 1993 from the US Army, Dr. Kowalski was employed by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health rising to the position of Medical Director of the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia, South Carolina.

A long-time resident of South Carolina, Dr. Kowalski serves as an advocate to support health care in his state. He is past president of the South Carolina Osteopathic Medical Society and the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, where he serves as a member of the board’s Internal Review Committee. He also served as Chair of the Advisory Committee to the South Carolina Recovering Professional Program.

At the national level, Dr. Kowalski is past president of the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners and the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees, he served the AOA in numerous capacities, including Vice Chair of the Bureau of State Government Affairs. In addition, he served as a member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s Executive Committee of the Board of Deans.

Dr. Kowalski earned his osteopathic medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his transitional rotating internship, psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.


About the AOA
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 151,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages and funds scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for colleges of osteopathic medicine. To learn more about DOs and the osteopathic philosophy of medicine, visit

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